Dermot McCarthy Studio/Gallery

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Dermot McCarthy Studio/Gallery

Dermot McCarthy Studio/Gallery
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Vivid, beautiful and deceptively simple art at a very good price
Aug 2017
I was actually looking around for a place to exhibit my OWN art in Killarney - that's for another story - and I stumbled upon this little gallery down a laneway in the middle of the town, and inside were all this gorgeous little jewels of pictures all over the walls and on every surface, and some of them were reproductions. Dermot himself was sitting at his desk working on a new piece which featured a starry sky and lots of vivid figures. His work is very simple, even naive, at first glance - but every space between the figures is filled. He told me that he sees shapes between them and likes to fill them in, first with pencil so that if it doesn't seem to work as part of the whole he can simply erase it, and then with a fine black permanent pen, and then he uses the gouache and watercolours to bring the whole thing to life. The very linear quality of the work is reminiscent of the art of the other great artist of Kerry, Pauline Bewick; and it also reminds me strongly of simple figures in later works by Picasso and in particular Matisse. But in McCarthy's works the figures are fitted together and even overlap in a manner that's weirdly reminiscent of jigsaw puzzles, with the shapes wrapping around each other and almost wriggling on the surface. Dermot let me take a couple of photos with my phone but unfortunately I have lost them - am due for an upgrade - but I am very happy to say that you can easily find images and more information about Dermot's art simply by googling him. And if you are leaving a message on his website, please mention this review. I did promise him I'd review his gallery! There's not a whole lot of room inside, and given the fragile nature of the artwork, please keep numbers to a minimum. Don't bring in food or drinks. And if you must take pictures, ask permission first, and turn your flash off. The main reason why visitors to museums where paintings are exhibited are prohibited from taking photographs is because so many people don't bother to learn how to operate their cameras and just leave them set to automatic, and the flash goes off - and over time all those flashes cause the pigment in the paintings, which gives colour and life to the images, starts to fade. So if you want to support an artist, invest in a print of one of his works, or even buy on of the original pieces. I am looking forward to going back and seeing the finished piece he was working on when I visited.

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Dermot McCarthy Gallery
Aug 2019 • Friends
A wee gem of a place, tucked down a quiet lane off one of the main roads - we came by this gallery by chance and it became one of the highlights of our whole trip. Dermot’s gallery and studio in one, you can meet the master himself. Such a wonderful man, humble and with an amazing imagination to create such works. Every inch of the gallery walls are filled with both originals and prints of his work at extremely reasonable prices. We returned a couple of times because there were too many beautiful pieces to pick from and couldn’t decide what we wanted to take home! Such a unique, dreamscape style that has so many elements and hidden pictures, every time you look at them you will discover something new. He even has a wee write-up/story for the meaning and symbols for each print that you can take home with your piece. Thank you so much Dermot, have really taken home some true gems that we will always cherish! Hope to be back soon for an original :)
Written 8 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

orla99913
Limerick, Ireland68 contributions
Vivid, beautiful and deceptively simple art at a very good price
Aug 2017
I was actually looking around for a place to exhibit my OWN art in Killarney - that's for another story - and I stumbled upon this little gallery down a laneway in the middle of the town, and inside were all this gorgeous little jewels of pictures all over the walls and on every surface, and some of them were reproductions. Dermot himself was sitting at his desk working on a new piece which featured a starry sky and lots of vivid figures.

His work is very simple, even naive, at first glance - but every space between the figures is filled. He told me that he sees shapes between them and likes to fill them in, first with pencil so that if it doesn't seem to work as part of the whole he can simply erase it, and then with a fine black permanent pen, and then he uses the gouache and watercolours to bring the whole thing to life.

The very linear quality of the work is reminiscent of the art of the other great artist of Kerry, Pauline Bewick; and it also reminds me strongly of simple figures in later works by Picasso and in particular Matisse. But in McCarthy's works the figures are fitted together and even overlap in a manner that's weirdly reminiscent of jigsaw puzzles, with the shapes wrapping around each other and almost wriggling on the surface.

Dermot let me take a couple of photos with my phone but unfortunately I have lost them - am due for an upgrade - but I am very happy to say that you can easily find images and more information about Dermot's art simply by googling him. And if you are leaving a message on his website, please mention this review. I did promise him I'd review his gallery!

There's not a whole lot of room inside, and given the fragile nature of the artwork, please keep numbers to a minimum. Don't bring in food or drinks. And if you must take pictures, ask permission first, and turn your flash off. The main reason why visitors to museums where paintings are exhibited are prohibited from taking photographs is because so many people don't bother to learn how to operate their cameras and just leave them set to automatic, and the flash goes off - and over time all those flashes cause the pigment in the paintings, which gives colour and life to the images, starts to fade. So if you want to support an artist, invest in a print of one of his works, or even buy on of the original pieces.

I am looking forward to going back and seeing the finished piece he was working on when I visited.
Written 2 September 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

LBommer
Yellowknife, NT22 contributions
McCarthy's world
McCarthy's lined watercolors are colorful, whimsical, and intricate, with layer upon layer of ideas and form, literally linked to each other visually. I was reminded of pop art styles of the '60s, but McCarthy does his own thing. Look at any image a second, third, tenth time, and you'll see something new emerging every time.
Besides that, McCarthy is an engaging guy, you'll enjoy a visit with him.
Written 16 November 2008
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johnjomckenzie
Ilkley, UK14 contributions
... lies the door to a magical world....
Down Barry's Lane off the High Street in Killarney lies the door to a magical world. The door through to the studio goes straight through the eye to the mind of an artsit who tells beautiful stories with the brush. A man with wonderful talent and glorious pictures .... challenge your senses and your imagination ...go see Dermot.
Written 26 September 2002
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